In the community: garden focus

Good gardens are not made by sitting in the shade, and members of our local communities have been hard at work over the spring to ensure South Yorkshire is in full bloom.

A blooming good result for Rotherham Dementia Carer Support

Rotherham Dementia Carer Support is set to blossom this summer thanks to over £12,000 in grants towards a new garden project at Rotherham College.

The team at Rotherham Dementia Carer Support, which is operated by national adult health and social care charity Making Space, had been keen to start an outdoor venture for some time. But due to the long waiting list for an allotment, Rotherham College volunteered one of theirs which had been neglected during the pandemic.

Voluntary Action Rotherham’s Mental Health Small Grant Scheme awarded the service almost £9,000 over the next three years while a further £3,230 came from VAR’s Supporting Our Communities grant.

The grants will be used to buy tools, plants, seeds, compost and seating for carers with restricted mobility, as well as to pay for a gardener to help get the project started. The grant will also go towards helping to bring back the existing monthly dementia cafes in Thurcroft, Wath-Upon-Dearne, Dalton and Maltby.

You can find out more about getting involved with the garden project by calling 01709 910889 or emailing

Penistone WI joins the Royal Canopy project

Penistone WI

It was double celebrations for members of the Penistone Women’s Institute as they celebrated their 21st anniversary along with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by taking part in the Royal Canopy project.

As part of the tree planting scheme, Penistone WI donated and planted three fruit trees in Penistone’s beautiful Watermeadows Park. Known locally as the ‘windy city’ due to its location in the foothills of the Pennines, the wind was in full force as the day of planting arrived in April. But the ladies were ably supported by Twiggs Landscaping, the Mayor of Penistone and town councillors to get the job done. 

Penistone WI hope these trees provide plums and pears for the community for many years to come

A Right Royal Winthrop Bake Off

Winthrop Gardens Wickersley

The glorious community gardens and cafe in Wickersley, just off Morthen Road, is open throughout the summer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 10.30am and 4pm.

On Saturday 4th June, they will be hosting their annual open day as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations from 11am until 4pm. This will also include the Right Royal Winthrop Bake Off for local bakers young and old to enter.

Entry is free and there are four categories: Cakes and Buns; Scones and Biscuits; Preserves; and a Bake Fit For a Queen. First prize will win a copy of Winthrop’s Platinum Jubilee recipe book.

All entries must be delivered to Winthrop on Friday 3rd April between 3pm and 6pm or Saturday 4th April between 8am and 9am, ready for judging which starts at 9am.

Full details available on their Facebook page

Cawthorne Open Gardens

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 11am-5pm

Cawthorne Open Gardens

The popular biennial attraction of Cawthorne Open Gardens is back for 2022 as hundreds of visitors prepare to flock to the picturesque village to marvel at 15 beautiful gardens.

Each garden will have its own individual interest and character and there will be something for everyone, whether you’re an experienced or novice gardener. Some gardens will be hosting live music or homemade refreshments, while others will have an eclectic range of attractions including a model steam railway, a British bird of prey display, an arboretum, streams, and ponds.

There will be activities and competitions for children such as a treasure hunt and Victorian games, as well as a raffle with prizes kindly donated by local companies. Dogs on short leads are welcome and many gardens are suitable for wheelchair access.

A free map and guide to all the gardens will be available on the day. There will be ample, signposted parking in the centre of the village, along with a free regular shuttlebus around the village linking the gardens and car park.

The event has been sponsored by Cannon Hall Farm, Naylor’s Gardenware and Signs Xtra.

Weekend wristbands £6 if bought on the day or £5 in advance from any of the village shops. Children under 16 go free. All proceeds split between Cawthorne All Saints’ Church repairs and Exodus children’s charity.

For more information visit their Facebook page